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Krupke, Shrank, and Doc 
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Hi what are descriptions of Officer Krupke, Lt. Shrank, and Doc? Are they in any of the dances or songs? How big of a role do they play in the story? Are there any other acting parts? Thank you.


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From what I gathered, minor roles. No singing or dancing.


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These are all relatively small parts. Krupke is smallest. Shrank is slightly bigger, Doc is next.

Officer Krupke - sometimes staged into one song, but usually not. a few lines.
Lt. Shrank - not in any songs or dances. A few more lines. Gets to be mean. Needs to have some acting chops.
Doc - not in any songs are dances. The heart of the show, the only one who gets it, and needs to say some super cheesy lines without sounding cheesy. Needs acting chops.

The only other acting part is the social worker. I forget his name. He has one or two lines and calls for the circle dance at the gym. Smaller than Krupke.


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Either Krupke or Schrank often doubles as Glad Hand, the social worker.

In my last WSS, it was Schrank, and Glad Hand was played as, if not quite gay, at least heavily effete. Think Jiminy Glick, and you've got our Glad Hand. Seeing hiim transform backstage from the hard-edged Schrank into the camp Glad Hand was hysterical.

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Shrank is far from a minor role. he has probably the longest speech in the play. and he is quite a major part of the balance. Prince Escalus is his R&J counterpart.

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Pannic wrote:
From what I gathered, minor roles. No singing or dancing.


Lt. Schrank and Ofcr. Krupke may not do any singing or dancing in either the film version or the stage play of West Side Story, but their roles are pretty major, nonetheless. They're a very integral part of the story behind WSS, because they portray something else that's quite common: open conflict with the law as well as adult authority figures on the part of street gangs, and they also help to balance and round out the very story behind WSS, if one gets the drift. That having been said, the roles of Ofcr. Krupke and Lt. Schrank aren't nearly as minor as they appear.


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Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
Either Krupke or Schrank often doubles as Glad Hand, the social worker.

In my last WSS, it was Schrank, and Glad Hand was played as, if not quite gay, at least heavily effete. Think Jiminy Glick, and you've got our Glad Hand. Seeing hiim transform backstage from the hard-edged Schrank into the camp Glad Hand was hysterical.



That is seriously hysterical :lol:
Our Glad Hand was played by Krupke. He was gay, but you wouldn't know it from his acting! He went for more of the rediculously SQUARE kind of feel. :P

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